It’s another Charts book! This time on Paul. In April I reviewed Kregel Academic’s book of Charts on the Book of Hebrews. I loved it, and feel the same about this book. I wish I had had this book when I took my New Testament class last year. It sure would have made my life [...]

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One of the features I like best about small groups is the accountability they offer—if the leader sets the tone and pace. Otherwise, small groups can become little more than social groups. SmallGroups.com has just published a new download Assessment Pack called Are We Building Accountability?  It features ten articles on accountability, including one I [...]

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As many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder: How do I get started? Can I really lead a group? What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back?? What was I thinking, [...]

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I just received a wonderful new resource. It’s Reading Revelation:  A Comparison of Four Interpretive Traditions of the Apocalypse from Kregel Academic. I wish I had had this book when our small group studied Revelation a few years ago! The author, eschatology expert C. Marvin Pate, has translated the entire book of Revelation from four different [...]

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I know. Everyone’s writing on Thanksgiving and giving thanks, but I had to add my two cents to this most wonderful holiday. For the past year or so, I’ve been committed to making every day Thanksgiving. And I’ve seen my entire demeanor change. Now I make it a part of any ministry I do and [...]

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SmallGroups.com just released their most recent download called Meaningful Prayer in Small Groups. I’m delighted to have three (3!) articles in this resource. These include my classic article, “Finding the Time to Pray” and two case studies, “Keeping Your Prayer Focus” and “Encouraging the Reluctant Pray-er.” These downloads are excellent training resources for small group [...]

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Are You Stuck?

November 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of my areas of delight and specialization is working with people who are stuck in their personal or spiritual growth. People who know there’s more, but they can’t seem to grasp it. Or people who are so defeated they no longer even dream of more. Most of these people have been abused or seriously [...]

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SmallGroups.com has a new Facebook page.  Stop by and “like” them so you can keep up with all the latest small group news. They’ve uploaded photos of all of the regular contributors to the newsletters and downloads. How many do you recognize?

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The Christmas Gift

November 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

How often do we discount or mistreat others? And how often are we treated badly by others? And how often are the reasons for those conflicts a mystery, even to us? The Christmas Giftt by R. William Bennett is a charming story of a newcomer, a bully, and the benefits of doing the right thing. [...]

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I just received an invitation to join the Discipleship Network, sponsored by NavPress. They will publicly launch the site on November 18, but as a person involved in small groups and discipleship, you might want to check it out in advance. The Discipleship Network was created as a place where people who are passionate about [...]

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